Bauchi State government has commenced its 2019 budget public hearing.
Declaring the public hearing open in Azera Local Government Area of the state, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar said that prior to the coming of the present administration in the state, the preparation of the state budget was being done in isolation without carrying the public along.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Budget and State Planning Commission, Alhaji Magaji Abubakar Dambam , Governor Abubakar called on the citizens of the state to contribute actively in the public hearing in order to have theneeds of their communities captured in the 2019 budget.
“Though it has been a tradition of preparing in isolation, this administration will no longer maintain that tradition, because budget is a public document that should be made public and will also afford the public to have their needs captured. Previously, many people have complained about not having their needs captured in Budgets, so this is an opportunity to table your needs and have it the Budget”, Governor Abubakar said.
The Governor also appealed to the traditional leaders to further sensitize their subjects on the opportunity availed them through such public hearings because according to him, “there were no such opportunities before the coming of the presentadministration”.
Also speaking the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Budget and State Planning Commission, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu Haruna,said the objective of the budget public hearing was to take the public through the step-by-step preparation of the 2019 Budget process and also ensure community ownership of projects appropriated in the budget.
“When you are part of the process, there is the tendency of you monitoring projects to ensure that standards are maintain because you know how much is appropriated for the project”, Yahuza said.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director Budget in the ministry Mallam Dahiru Sambo said that the public hearing is conducted in such a manner that is decentralized.
“In order to reduce the burden of having to travel to the state capital, the public hearing is being hosted in the three senatorial zones of Bauchi North, Central and Bauchi South respectively. I call on you to pay attention and contributed actively for your needs to be addressed”, Sambo said.
Presentations of the 2018 Budget performance and projection of the 2019 proposed budget was made by the permanent secretary of the ministry, where it attracted active contributions from the general public.